The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties have ranked Loudoun County the second-most technologically advanced county government in the United States in the 250,000-499,999 population category. Prince William County was first.

The rankings were based on a survey of how county governments are using information technology to deliver services to residents.

Members of Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Explorer Post 1666 placed second in the search and rescue team competition at the National Fire/Emergency Services Exploring Conference in College Station, Texas, last month.

The team of Capt. Donesha Robinson, Lt. Stephen Bower, Nathan Lewis and Brian Jang entered a smoke-filled home wearing full bunker gear and self-contained breathing apparatus and rescued a "baby." Stephen Bower earned third place in a timed individual competition.

Thomas Dunlap, managing partner of Dunlap, Grubb, Weaver & Whitbeck in Leesburg, is the new president of the Loudoun County Bar Association.

The following high school graduates are among the more than 800 African American students who have won National Achievement Scholarship awards for college undergraduate study. The students will receive about $2.7 million in scholarships.

Calen E. Gayle of Dulles, College du Leman International School, Geneva. $2,500. Probable career field: theology/music performance.

Yusuf A. Abugideiri of Sterling, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax. $2,500. Probable career field: marketing.

Nicholas J. Medina of Sterling, Gonzaga College High School in Washington. $2,500. Probable career field: medicine.

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Members of Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department Explorer Post 1666 who participated in a search and rescue competition in Texas included Nathan Lewis, Capt. Donesha Robinson, Brian Jang, Lt. Stephen Bower, adviser Max Triola, Chaz Moxley, Hillary Pitts, Ryan McKigney and Lt. John Ayres.